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Mayor: Burglaries Not Enough for Drastic Action

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – A string of recent burglaries in the area has concerned some residents, but Hastings Mayor Peter Swiderski said it currently isn’t enough to warrant something like a neighborhood watch.

“I understand why people feel anxiety, but I can’t justify doing something drastic,” he said.  “If it stays at this rate we’ll have an issue.”

A home on Farragut Avenue was burglarized Jan. 30 just after 3 p.m., according to Hastings police.  Hastings Lt. Dosin said entry was gained through a smashed side window and assorted jewelry was taken.  About an hour later, a home on Ravensdale Road was also burglarized, Dosin said.

“It looks like entry was gained through the front door,” he said.  “They jimmied the lock.”

The two homes are only a few blocks from one another and Dosin said they are “definitely walking distance” apart.

He said it seems the two incidents are connected “but you don’t want to close the door on anything.”

Dosin said there were approximately 16 burglaries in 2011 and so far this year there have been three, not including the home invasion and robbery on Main Street in January.

Having an iPod stolen out of his own family’s car, Swiderski said he understands the frustration of losing personal property.

“I’m as guilty as the people I told not to leave their cars open,” he said.  “Opportunistic things do happen.”

Dosin said he believes the state of the economy has a lot to do with the recent burglaries and petty thefts.

“One burglary is too many to have, everyone is a concern,” Dosin said.  “You’d like to have none.”

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